Newcastle’s newest global film festival is scheduled to hit Event Cinemas Kotara next week as part of the Newcastle Fringe Festival.
Board member Beau Magloire helped launch Newcastle Fringe’s vision to include film as a component of this year’s program.
A keen filmmaker himself, he worked with partner Event Cinemas Kotara to put together the Newcastle Fringe Emerging Filmmaker’s Festival comprising of short movies and animations.
It culminates in a screening of Australian award-nominated and critically-acclaimed film, A Lion Returns, plus a Q&A with the producer Hunter local Liz Burton and director Serhat Caradee on Thursday 18 March.
“We’re very excited at the number of entries,” Magloire said.
“There were 91 entries from 24 countries.
“Every continent is represented except Antarctica.
“There are films from Japan, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, Slovenia, Croatia and that’s just a few of the countries represented.
“We’ve got the weird with murder mysteries, occult sci-fi and hipster-hating comedy.
“Then there’s drug-fuelled madness from Newcastle’s own best animators and the profound – explorations of the rise of Neo-Nazism and the Alt-Right online and existential loneliness in the time of COVID.”
Of the 91 entries, judges have narrowed down 11-and-a-half hours of viewing to just three.
“There are two hours of short live film with 16 entries, seven global, nine Australian and, of those, three are local to Newcastle and the Hunter,” Magloire said.
“There’s one hour of animation with 10 entries – six global and four Australian.
“There will be three heats screening from 3pm on Thursday 18 March with the judges’ announcement of the winners at the end.”
Entrants competed for a one-on-one workshop with Caradee.
A Lion Returns was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Indie Film.
Shot in just 10 days, which is a record for any Australian movie, it’s an emotionally-charged and intense drama that reveals the impact of a returned Australian militant on his family and those closest to him.
Following the screening, the producer and director will hold a Q&A session with audience members.
A Short Festival Pass is $15 or $10 for students; an Ultimate Pass includes the screening of A Lion Returns is $35 or $25 for students; while the feature film only is $25 or $20 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at www.stickytickets.com.au/newcastlefringe